62nd Krakow Film Festival: “Hamlet Syndrome” at the opening ceremony

Movie Hamlet syndrome It was completed before the outbreak of the 2022 war in Ukraine, and in light of current events, it makes it impossible to stop thinking about the fate of the heroes, some of whom are now fighting at the front.

Just a day earlier, one of them, Suwik Jawish, had obtained a special pass and, with the help of the Ukrainian army, was able to reach Krakow for the event to give personal testimony about the inferno taking place across the eastern frontier.

The audience at the Kijów cinema welcomed him with a standing ovation. The film’s director, Eloira Nikita, gave emotional words about the need for Ukraine’s help throughout the Western world.

Also attending the event was Nina Gabrio, Commissioner for Equality Policy for the Mayor of Krakow.

“The festival provides a space to talk about freedom and equality and gives a voice to those who have not had that voice so much in history. It builds in us a sense of solidarity, community, empathy and sensitivity, which we so desperately need, especially in this one,” she said.

The ceremony was honored with a small concert by composer and pianist Włodek Pawlik, the only Grammy Award winner in Polish jazz history, who chairs this year’s DocFilmMusic Documentary Jury.

Krzysztof Gerat, Director of the Krakow Film Festival, traditionally introduced all the members of the festival jury and welcomed Docudays UA Director – Victoria Leshchenko, who was present in the room.

Exceptionally, this year it will also be held as part of the Krakow Film Festival Docudays UA International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights The largest documentary film festival in Ukraine. This year’s edition was scheduled to begin on March 25 in Kyiv. As a result of the brutal Russian offensive and constant war, this is not possible. The organizers of the Krakow Film Festival decided to support their friends and organize a part of the Ukrainian festival in Krakow … at the Kiju Cinema.

Krakow Film Festival It is the most important festival of documentaries, shorts and animation in Poland. This year, the program will include more than 190 films from all over the world, including about 100 international and Polish films, and the festival will be held in cinemas (May 29-June 5) and online (3-12 June). The films will be submitted in 4 competitions: 3 international competitions (Documentary, Short and DocFilmusic), in the Polish competition and in various non-competitive tournaments and specials.

The special guest in this year’s edition is Czech cinematography. As part of the course Focus on the Czech Republic The latest documentaries and shorts from the Czech Republic will be shown as well as a program for children and teens. During the festival meetings, representatives of the Czech and Polish film industry will have the opportunity to establish contacts in the field of co-production. Czech bedtime stories will await viewers at the open-air cinema Pod Wawelem.

On January 2, 2022, the Finnish director and producer passed away Jarmo Jääskeläinen. A month earlier, on December 2, 2021, the Program Board of the Krakow Film Foundation decided to award him the Dragon of Dragons Award for his contribution to the development of world documentary cinema. The festival will include a retrospective of the laureate’s work, with the participation of his closest family and partners.

The section shows outdoors music sounds Kino pod Wawelem is a treat for spectators looking for good music, great cinema and beautiful natural conditions. From Monday to Thursday (May 30 – June 2), under the starry sky with a view of Wawel Castle, you will be able to watch the most exciting music documentaries on the rhythm of Africa on the big screen. This year, an outdoor cinema will also visit Nowa Huta, in the gardens of the aźnia Nowa Theatre.

Traditionally, the festival program will include a section Documents + Science – Great science movie shows. “When I feel anxious or sad, I usually remember scenes from my childhood to calm down,” says Dr. Eberhard Isaac Borg, the hero of the 1957 Ingmar Bergman movie “Where Strawberries Grow.” The science series co-organized by Project Pulsar will be dedicated to.

As always, there are also screenings of films awarded at partner festivals, and the most interesting Polish documentaries by both young authors and directors recognized as part of the Polish Documentary Panorama. Children and youth. Youth Cinema is a cinematographic film aimed at the youngest audience. The program also includes the most famous documentaries of the past year from around the world and great European productions.

An important part of the festival is KFF . Industry – Poland’s largest meeting platform for making documentaries and animations. Each year, 1,000 guests from all over the world participate in conferences, discussions, workshops, project presentations at various stages of production processes or at film exhibitions. The program will include, among others, a Doc Lab Poland session, jointly organized by Fundacja Filmowa im. Wladysław lesicki.

The series will be new in the festival programme KFF . Talks During which three fascinating discussions take place: on memory (with physicist Krzysztof Messner, neuroscientist Matthews Hoehole and writer Anna Beaconte), about happiness (with Marcin Borchardt, director and journalist, and Bogdan de Barbaro, psychotherapist) and about freedom (with Adam Michnik and Vittuas Landsbergis – the former head of the Lithuanian state, who led the independence movements in Lithuania).

The Krakow Film Festival is on the exclusive list of Oscar-eligible events – American Film Academy Award in the categories of Short Films (Fiction, Animation, Documentary) and Full Documentary, and recommends films for the European Film Award in the same categories. The festival is also eligible for BAFTA Awards in the Documentary and Short Fiction categories.

The Krakow Film Festival is implemented with the financial support of the European Union as part of the “Creative Europe” programme, the City of Krakow, the Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Lesser Poland Province.

The co-organizer is the Polish Filmmakers Association, and the main organizer is the Krakow Film Foundation.

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